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The global chip shortage's cause has been found — it boils down to one company, says report

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What you need to know

  • There has been a global semiconductor crisis ravaging technology supply chains for a large chunk of 2020 and 2021.
  • The chip shortage has affected industries ranging from automobile makers to graphics card manufacturers.
  • According to a new report, the worldwide crisis has an identifiable cause — a company famous for its calculators.

In the event you've attempted to buy a car, one of the best graphics cards, or just about any high-tech toy or smart appliance in between, you've likely noticed the scarcity of supply and high prices floating around. These circumstances didn't arise from thin air; they're the result of a global chip shortage that's slowing production pipelines and supply chains throughout the world across a bevy of industries. And now, a few Taiwan-based companies are calling out the entity they've identified as the root cause of it all.

As reported by DigiTimes, some Taiwan-based tech manufacturers — think smartphones, PCs, and related gadgetry — have singled out Texas Instruments as being at the epicenter of the chip shortage's widespread production pandemonium (via WinFuture). In case the name "Texas Instruments" sounds familiar to you, that's because you very well may have used one of its calculators in your lifetime. That's the company being accused of having a vice grip on global technology output.

This accusation is based on the fact that Texas Instruments manufactures analog chips that are essential for duties such as PC voltage regulation. Said chips are a fundamental part of much computing technology, and are in a more dire supply situation than the advanced, specialized chips the likes of TSMC and co. produce.

The aforementioned Taiwan-based sources say Texas Instruments' inability to ramp up production capacity is the fundamental problem underpinning everything else. The question now is whether this supposed culprit identification will have any impact on the U.S. government's shortage-combatting plans.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

11 Comments
  • I had a TI99-4A back in the day...
  • Didn't we all.
  • I remember my cousins having one... They alternated between that and an Atari.
  • Me too! Used to code those little games from the booklet they would mail out
  • Getting MirageOS on a TI calc so I could use it to play Super Mario remains one of the best memories I'll ever have of my grade school math classes.
  • That is super hillarious. TI as in "TEXAS" Instruments. Where is all the "we need to cut our dependency on Asia" talk now? That got the U.S. government to shell out $50 billion in stimulus money to chip companies. I bet they made sure this report didn't see daylight until the money was in the bank!
  • TI actually does much more than make calculators and I'm glad this article hinted at that.
  • A lot of people are about to find out that very fact.
  • Indeed and the entire chip shortage landscape is about to get whole lotta partisan unfortunately. The absurdity of one party idiotically stonewalling anything and everything is pretty much summed up in this clip - https://youtu.be/B46km4V0CMY . Fortunately some from that party have started to see some basic sense resulting in the infrastructure bill passing.
  • Indeed and the whole chip shortage landscape is about whole lotta partisan unfortunately.
  • Double comment... Was on the train home lol..